DES Recognized By Department of Defense Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Program
DES Presented with “Above and Beyond Award”
Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services was presented today with the “Above and Beyond Award” by the Department of Defense’s Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Program. The DOD “Above and Beyond Award” officially recognizes employers at the state and local level who have far exceeded the legal requirements for granting leave and providing support for military duty by their employees.
The award, which is handed out on a limited basis, was based on the support given to DES’s River Coordinator, Steve Couture, his family and his unit during his recent deployment to Iraq with NH Army National Guard C. Company, 3rd Regiment, 238 Aviation Brigade (Medevac) Unit. The support network for Steve Couture and his Unit went far beyond DES staff to include representatives from designated river Local Advisory Committees across NH, colleagues from other state and federal agencies, private firms, and municipalities as well as watershed organizations and non profit organizations.
“DES and all of the people who contributed to this collective effort are grateful for this recognition. It was our privilege to support the members of the 238th while on their mission to Iraq. We hope that we were successful in raising their spirits while they were away from their homes and their families in service to our country,” said Tom Burack, DES Commissioner.“The New Hampshire ESGR chose our “Above and Beyond Award” to be the appropriate recognition for the outstanding support provided to SGT. Steve Couture’s employer, New Hampshire Department of Environmental Service. It is quite evident that a culture of family exists in NHDES,” said Ted Kehr, Chairman, New Hampshire ESGR Committee.
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Left to Right, DES's Steve Couture, Steve Landry, Rob Livingston,
Laura Weit-Marcum, Jacquie Colburn, DES Commissioner Tom Burack,
NH ESGR Committee Chairman Ted Kehr.